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 Italy News #1 - February 12, 2007


Villa Torlonia Reopens to the Public -  Rome

Villa Torlonia
via Nomentana 70, Rome

Open Year Round

One of the most beautiful villas in Rome and the last example of Roman cultural patronage - Villa Torlonia - has undergone major restoration. The gardens have been restored to their 17th century splendor with the addition of trees, shrubs, vases and a gazebo. The lake and hill in the grounds have been recreated and the paths have been rebuilt and adorned with statues and lamps. Architecturally too some major changes have been made to the villa. The Casino Nobile (the Grand/Main Lodge) has been restored externally (for example the Valadier fountain) and internally (including the main ballroom and the Renaissance and Egyptian halls). The Casino also hosts a permanent exhibition of the 'Roman School' featuring 150 works by artists who lived and worked during the two world wars.
De Chirico Dipingere il Pensiero 1909 - 1974 - Padua

Palazzo Zabarella

Via San Francesco 27, Padua

January 20 - May 13, 2007

This exhibition will present a selection of Giorgio De Chirico’s most remarkable works, some never seen by the wider public. De Chirico is arguably the most famous Italian painter of the 20th century, creator of the “metaphysical art”, art that reveals the mysteries and the enigmas of the reality that surrounds us. To observe the world like an enormous museum of oddities and see everything as if seen for the first time, these are the rules that govern metaphysical art. The exhibition will encompass the long and prolific artist’s life with more than 100 masterpieces on show.

Annibale Carracci - Bologna and Rome
DART Chiostro del Bramante
Via della Pace - Roma
January 25 - May 6, 2007

An exhibition of 160 paintings and drawings by the Bolognese artist who lived and worked many years in Rome, as well as in Naples, Tuscany and Venice. Carracci perpetuates the dictates of the Italian Renaissance, creating highly realistic works characterized by a very decisive use of color. The artist's brush returns to the classical dictates of painting, reacting to the mannerist style of the period, while remaining firmly anchored to tradition.

Giacinto Gigante The colors of Campania - Naples
Museo Pignatelli
Riviera di Chiaia 200 - Napoli
December 16 - June 3, 2007

Giacinto Gigante (Naples, 1806- Naples,1876) Italian painter. Best known for his landscapes. Studied briefly in Naples with Dutch painter Anton Sminck Pitloo. He won the drawing competition at the Naples Royal Institute of Fine Arts in 1824. He is considered the foremost exponent of the 19th-century Neapolitan "Posillipo School" of painting.

Venezia '900: da Boccioni a Vedova - Treviso

Casa dei Carraresi

Via Palestro 33-35, Treviso

October 27 - April 8 2007

This fascinating exhibition, being held at the Ca dei Carraresi, is a show consisting of paintings and sculptures by Venetian artists, focusing on the twentieth century (from the beginning of the century to the early 60's). What is so special about these artists is that they set themselves apart from most others with their expressive ways and elaborations in their paintings between the First and Second World War. So, special focus will be paid to these Venetian artists, in this exhibition, such as Boccioni, Sacchi, Vedova, Rossi, Cadorin, Martini, and several others. The exhibit includes 11 sections, all showing us the influence and magic each artist's masterpieces had and continue to have on Venetian, Italian, and European art history.

The Grand Re-Tour

All Around Italy

until April 2007


Remember the Grand Tour? The legendary Voyage en Italie of Goethe and Stendhal, Mozart and Byron, Dostoevsky and Nietzsche, the obligatory education par excellence for European intellectuals from the 16th to the early 20th century? It was a pilgrimage to seek out art, light, the landscape, history and antiquity, the people and traditions of a much-desired country, the fruitful crossroads of cultures and civilizations between Europe and the Mediterranean, between East and West. An all-embracing experience that has written unforgettable pages in European literature. Sicily with Catania, Siracusa, Taormina and Palermo; Puglia with Lecce and Otranto; Naples; Rome; Florence; Urbino; Verona and Venice; Trieste; Parma and Bologna; Genoa; Turin; Milan. In a European perspective, the Grand Re-tour will go as far as Vienna and Munich, to finish in the ideal location of Weimar, the city of the grandtouriste par excellence: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Sculpture Park Chianti - Pievasciata (Siena)

Chianti Sculpture Park

Pieveasciata, Siena

April to November

The Chianti Sculpture Park offers each of its visitors a unique experience. In an untouched wood of ilex and oak trees in the heart of Sienese Chianti, many internationally renowned artists from five continents have created imposing contemporary sculptures in accordance with their own creative ideas and style. Every artist was invited to choose his/her preferred place and then make a proposal. All the sculptures therefore, can be considered to be truly site-specific, which explains their harmony with the trees, the sounds, the colours, the light, and every other element of the wood. In fact, these man-made works do not extend beyond the limits of nature, rather, they integrate with it and enhance it.


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